Skip to Main Content
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C
  12. Commute
    A-
Abilene is a city in Texas with a population of 123,676. Abilene is in Taylor County and is one of the best places to live in Texas. Living in Abilene offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Abilene there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Abilene and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Abilene are above average.
About Abilene...
Population
123,676

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$114,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$912
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
Sponsored Mortgage Options for Abilene
Get Rates
  • $0 Lender Fee on Home Loans Limited Time Only
  • Biggest Home Loan Sale Ever. Low interest rates. Get a quote today!
Niche may be compensated by the third party lenders and others who place ads on the website. Niche is not a lender and does not endorse the products of these advertisers. Fees that Niche receives for ads do not affect the terms you may be offered by the lender you choose. There are many additional borrowing options available.

Abilene Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    311.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    79.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    84.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    599.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,091
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    190.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    16%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Abilene

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$47,689
National
$55,322
Places like Abilene
More

Abilene Reviews

365 reviews
All Categories
I've lived in 10 cities, 7 states, west coast, east coast, New England. Abilene is the best city I've ever lived. The weather here is as good as you can find. Hot summers but with low humidity and breezy conditions it feels great! Winters we get a few snow days but nothing that restricts many activities. Air quality is great, fresh clean air, great visibility, blue skies and beautiful sunsets! A pretty city that has begun to grow a lot the past 10 years. Abilene has a strong economy, large work force with good job growth forecast. Home to Dyess AFB and the mighty B1 Bomber. Very proud Texans and Americans here, patriotic hard working people. Downtown is getting nicer, more progressive yet rich in arts and history. Great parks, and a wonderful zoo. Scenic hills outline the city to the south creating a pretty backdrop. Friendly people, affordable living, great public schools, nice colleges. It's the Friendly Frontier! Love Abilene Texas!
Start Your Review of Abilene
Rate It!
Abilene is a nice town, they have great schools and great teachers. Moderate size, pop. 130,000ish. Lots of hidden gems like coffee shops, new private owned restaurants, specialty bars. And emerging art scene. An amazing community theatre!
Abilene creates safe spaces all around town and on the many college campuses for individuals to experience life, learning, and community like no other. Once you come to Abilene, you'll find people who have been there no matter where you go. Everyone is connected by a feeling of family, whether they are from out of town or a permanent resident. The storybook capital of the world offers a wide variety of family centered events that support the local businesses, museums, and services all year long. There is also a large support of the arts and histories in Abilene, exhibited by the Abilene Philharmonic guild activities and the Abilene Historical Society's efforts towards local and nationwide education. It is a beautiful city, not because of the landscape, but because of the people who live there.